The Mutiny at the Margins series takes a fresh look at the revolt of 1857 from original and unusual perspectives, focusing in particular on neglected socially marginal groups and geographic areas which have hitherto tended to be unrepresented in studies of this cataclysmic event in British imperial and Indian historiography.
Chapter 10: The Future of the Indian Army
The Future of the Indian Army
THE following article, published in Blackwood's Magazine, provides an opinion on the proposed reorganisation of the Indian Army in the aftermath of the Indian Uprising. The anonymous author, an ex-officer of the East India Company Army (possibly G.B. Malleson), is highly critical of the so-called ‘Blue Book’, otherwise known as the 1859 Report of the Commissioners Appointed to Enquire Into the Organisation of the Indian Army (or ‘Peel Committee’). He warns, in particular, against the possible loss of the ‘middle-class’ character of the officer class in the Indian military that could follow reorganisation. In anticipation of later ‘divide and rule’ policies, he strongly argues that Indian regiments should be each drawn from a ...